Request for Proposal
Value of Preparedness: Coastal Disasters
The University of New Hampshire (UNH) Coastal Response Research Center (CRRC) is soliciting proposals for Technical Support that will aid in its broad goal to quantify the value of preparedness (identified in the Project Scope of Work). Submissions must comply with the requirements contained in this Request for Proposals (RFP).
There are three goals of disaster preparedness. The first is to lessen the impact of disasters on vulnerable populations such as hospitalized individuals and those living below the poverty line. Second, disaster preparedness should facilitate the readiness of organizations for an influx of activity. For example, emergency response agencies should be aware of incidents as soon as possible and they should be prepared to perform their mission when required. The final goal is to develop a coordinated plan that promotes the efficient use of time, effort, and other resources. NOAA's Disaster Preparedness Program helps state and federal partners across the country meet these goals and facilitate the rapid recovery from both anthropogenic (e.g., ship groundings, oil spills, chemical releases, or toxic algae blooms) and natural disasters (e.g., hurricanes or earthquakes).
The goal of this project is to identify and support credible research strategies to quantify relationships between dimensions of preparedness and outcome metrics. Dimensions of preparedness include planning, training, incident drills or exercises, continuous improvement, and incident coordination. Examples of preparedness outcomes include improved community health outcomes, reduced emergency response costs, reduced property damage, reduced wildlife mortality or morbidity, and reduced recovery durations. For consideration, the research strategy should focus on coastal communities, ecosystems, or Trust resources (e.g., anadromous fish, marine mammals, coral, or protected or endangered species) in the United States or its territories. In addition, proposals should clearly describe the quantification or valuation of the benefits of preparedness in the context of anthropogenic or natural disasters.
Anticipated RFP Schedule
Release of RFP: November 30, 2020
Electronic Proposal Submission Deadline: January 26, 2021
Notification of Selection: March 1, 2021
- Project Duration: 9 months
Request for Proposal (full document) here>>
For questions about this RFP: nancy.kinner at unh.edu (Coastal Response Research Center, University of New Hampshire) Administrator of this RFP.
For questions about proposal concepts: christopher.giguere at noaa.gov (NOAA Assessment and Restoration Division, Environmental & Natural Resource Economist)
For questions about submissions and technical issues: kathy.mandsager at unh.edu (Coastal Response Research Center, University of New Hampshire)